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Naked Man Arrested in Disturbance at Gas Station

March 8, 2016

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Friday, March 4, at about 11:54 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies from the Morongo Basin Station responded to the report of a naked male breaking merchandise and fighting other patrons at the Joshua Tree Valero gas station at 61794 Twentynine Palms Highway. Updated information in the call indicated the naked male had pinned a female down on the floor and was pulling her hair.

Upon the arrival of several deputies, they detained and identified the completely nude male as Joseph Rotstein (age 18 of Morongo Valley). During the investigation, deputies determined Rotstein was under the influence of illegal drugs. Deputies also identified one of the females Rotstein reportedly assaulted as Deseret Pinar. Pinar (age 29 of Joshua Tree) was also found to be under the influence and in possession of illegal drugs. Both were arrested at the scene without further incident.

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